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Northampton writer/musician Ella Longpre celebrates the release of her first-ever chapbook, “The Odor of the Hoax Was Gone,” with a show at Flying Object in Hadley Thursday at 8 p.m.
Longpre can quiet a bustling room with her hushed songs, sometimes even with her back to the crowd (as she did one night, playing the Basement’s awkwardly situated upright piano). She’s also been a part of local bands like Jamie Lavo’s sprawling soul-shining orchestra, The Trials and Tribulations.
Now Longpre has a published volume, released by the Colorado-based Monkey Puzzle Press, a collection of poetry born out of a gift from her library-job boss: a largely illegible notebook. Unable to track down the owner, Longpre’s boss gave her the mysterious object. The long-lost lined pages now had a home in Longpre’s care; poring over the scribbled paragraphs, the fascinated writer found herself substituting “graphic translations” for all the words she couldn’t make out, resulting in dreamlike lines: “a pot of boiling water in milk hands” and “There was sand at the deep / and I learned in my sleep.”
At Flying Object, Longpre will read a short passage from her chapbook, followed by performances from Chris Carlton (of Frozen Corn) and Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase (Chris Cooper, creating experimental sounds with an electric guitar and an array of implements and effects).
Guitarist/vocalist Mark Nomad plays blues at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls tonight at 8 p.m.
Ray Mason performs Ray Mason performs solo electric at the Black Sheep in Amherst Saturday at 7 p.m. No cover (tips appreciated).
Rick Murnane is joined by musical friends Fred Goodhue (bass) and Nick Dines (drums) for a set of his pop originals at the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton Saturday at 8 p.m. The Ed Vadas Trio follows at 9:30.
J Mascis (at right), Dredd Foole and Passerine make up the triple bill at the Montague Bookmill Saturday at 8 p.m.
The richly harmonizing and percussion-loving local trio Rusty Belle, featuring Matt and Kate Lorenz and Zak Trojano, has a new album in the works, “Common Courtesy” (due in September). The group appears at the Parlor Room in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. The band promises to give a copy of its new single, “Change My Heart,” to all showgoers.
Westfield-based tribute band The Diamond Collection is an 8-piece group that does its best Neil Diamond (they’ve learned over 100 of the famous singer-songwriter’s tunes) at the Iron Horse in Northampton Sunday at 7 p.m.